Peter Wharton-Hood

Chief Executive

Life Healthcare

Pete is currently the Chief Executive for the Life Healthcare Group, a leading, diversified and integrated healthcare services provider in southern Africa with an international radiopharmaceutical business, Life Molecular Imaging. Life Healthcare has over 40 years’ experience in the South African private healthcare sector, and currently operates 64 healthcare facilities (9,186 beds) in southern Africa. Life Healthcare offers a diversified offering across the care spectrum including acute hospital care, acute physical rehabilitation, mental health, renal dialysis, oncology, diagnostic and molecular imaging, long-term care, and occupational health and wellness services.

Pete is a seasoned and proven business leader with strong global experience in strategy and operational delivery in complex and evolving environments. Pete also gained deep experience in running retail businesses, operations and information technology, whilst in executive positions with Standard Bank, a leading financial institution in South Africa. During his time with Deutsche Bank (DB) in London, he was head of Operations for the Global Markets division and subsequently Global COO for the Corporate & Investment Banking division which included responsibility for technology and operations. He also managed the complex Brexit transition process for DB. Pete is a CA(SA) and has completed the Harvard Advanced Management Programme.

Pete is a driven and courageous leader, with a successful track record of leading bottom-line profitability of substantial complex corporations, whilst delivering large-scale industry transformation. He has successfully and passionately driven diversity and inclusion programmes, both in South Africa and internationally, as well as dealing with regulators across the globe. He was appointed to his current role in September 2020.

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